Thursday, January 21, 2016

Value in Cohesion

You know by now that I am not afraid to paint anything in my house. 

Some people shy away from painting wood trim and cabinets in their home because of perceived value.   
  • Oak does not have more value in my opinion.  It's kind of old hat and tired.  Now if you still LOVE oak, then by all means keep it unpainted.  But if you don't LOVE it, don't surround yourself with it just because someone who *might* buy your house in the future *might* like it. 
  • As a former kitchen designer, I helped many clients remove their worn out oak and replace it with a variety of wood species in a variety of finishes. 
  • If you are going to paint, DO A GOOD JOB! Prep properly, use good products, and paint neatly.

To me it is NOT valuable to have white baseboards, white case moldings around most doors, white doors, and a few random natural wood casings and sills.  

I would rather all the woodwork be more consistent. The wood sills and door casings in my living room were standing out..and not in a good way. 

Take a look for yourself…

White baseboards, wood sills, wood outlet plates
White baseboards, wood sills, wood casing, white outlet plates

There it is. White baseboards and oak sills and oak door casing in all it's un-cohesive glory. One of the first projects to tackle at our new home was to paint the oak trim white. 

Keep in mind, my vision for the space is to have a neutral black/white/gray background and let my furniture and accessories have pops of color. That means the gray walls, white curtains, and black curtain rods I have in mind will look MUCH better with the trim painted white. :)   

Here's a sneak peek at what the oak wood trim looks like in white with gray walls. 
Ahh…much, much better! 


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Picking Paint Colors

I tried to reinvent the wheel.

We recently moved in to our new home and we are excited to paint to add our personal preference and design style. 


So I perused the internet and design blogs making notes of popular gray colors.

I purchased and sampled SIX designer grays.

BUT I compared everything to my beloved mountain home color choice - Behr Classic Silver.

I thought maybe I should choose a safer, lighter, more "beige" gray (greige) this time for this new house.

BUT I compared everything to my beloved mountain home color choice - Behr Classic Silver.

I tried Requisite Gray, Gray Owl, Stonington Gray, Alpaca, Functional Gray, and Revere Pewter.

BUT I compared everything to my beloved mountain home color choice - Behr Classic Silver.

After a few trips to town for more paint, my husband says,  "Why don't we just paint it the same color as our old house?"

Brilliant!  Why didn't I think of that? That should have been obvious to me, but it wasn't.

Behr Classic Silver 

Stay tuned to see more progress in the living and dining room! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Before Pictures

Here's a look at a few of the rooms the day we got our keys!

The floor plan is amazing. Here are a few of our favorite things about this house: 
  • breathtaking views
  • tall walls
  • vaulted ceilings
  • brick fireplace
  • granite countertops
  • dark wood floors
  • tons of storage

I've added before pictures and the "to do lists" associated with each room to the tab at the top called "Home Tour". 

Basically I can sum up my to do list with one word…PAINT! I have a lot of painting in my future. We plan on painting all of the walls, trim, doors, and kitchen cabinets.  We will also change out the brass door hardware and most of the light fixtures. We are thoroughly enjoying living in this house just the way it is and will slowly start tackling that list. One room at a time… 


 Living Room

Dining Room




Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mountains and Valleys

A year ago, our life looked very different than it does today.  We were living in a home we loved in a mountain community we loved, but my husband's commute of just over an hour each way to the valley was taking a toll on not just him - but on myself and the boys.  We needed more time with daddy home…time that he wasn't exhausted and trying to catch up on sleep. After a weekend away together, we decided it was time to make some changes.  Up went the for sale sign and the beginning of our new journey.

our home in the mountains

We moved over the summer to a small community where my mom had once lived. It has always been one of my all time favorite places, and I have loved visiting family here since I was a child. It also shortened my husbands commute to only 20 minutes.  The housing market is slim here for our budget so we decided to rent (the only house available to rent at the time!) while we looked and waited and prayed for a house meant for us. 

chikens at our farmhouse rental
The 6 months that we rented the "farmhouse" was a fun yet challenging experience. There was plenty of room for the boys to play outside and ride dirt bikes. We even got to take care of ten chickens. But it always felt like we were living in someone else's home. It took a couple of weeks to get over the feeling that I was trespassing. :)  

farmhouse rental kitchen
I tried to keep a good attitude about our temporary situation, but I was longing to have my own place - a place to dream about, create, and enjoy with my family. After the sadness of losing out on two houses, God provided the perfect place and in the perfect timing for escrow to close on our new home right before our lease was up at the rental.

We've had some highs and lows these last 6 months…mountains and valleys.  We've had many, many changes (location, school, friends, church, medical issues, etc).  There have been some bumps in the road but God has provided peace and security along the way.

I can't wait to share some projects and pictures of our new home with you. Here's a sneak peak at what it looks like from the real estate listing:

See that extra garage to the left of the house? 
That, my friends, is begging for a "Carriage House" makeover.  

 We have the most amazing, serene view from the back of the house. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

We Bought a House!

Merry Christmas!

Instead of unpacking Christmas decorations this year, I'll be packing boxes…moving boxes! 

We are moving this month!!

There aren't any Christmas decorations decking the halls around here so I thought I'd share a few photos from last year. 

I can't wait to share pictures of our new space with you. We are so thrilled to be moving to our own home. The home is lovely and the views are breathtaking. 

 Here's one of my latest sign:
I'll be trading out paint brushes (sign making) for paint rollers (room transforming) soon. 
I can't wait to start working on our new home. 

A very Merry Christmas to you From The Carriage House!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rainy Days

Hail, Rain, Floods, and Tons of MUD!

The past few days have been crazy in southern California.

My old hometown, Tehachapi, made the news because of mudslides trapping a couple hundred motorists in their cars. People were unable to steer or control their cars because they were floating on a freeway turned into a muddy river. I can only imagine how frightening that must have been. 

Our new hometown had about 3.5" of rain in an hour that created lots of havoc.  I couldn't believe the amount of water coming through our property.  We have a small drainage ditch running through the front pasture that wasn't even visible at one point. The WHOLE front pasture turned into a river carrying water and trees and mud and random yard items with it as it rushed along. 

In the midst of the chaos (road closures, mudslides, homes flooded, etc), I have witnessed such wonderful people working hard to serve their community.  Neighbors with their tractors working diligently to clear the debris off of the roads, helping one another with errands and trips to town, providing updates and information on road closures and conditions.

We aren't in control of the weather, but we are in control of our response. 

I'm so proud and thankful for how my community responded. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Prepping for Fall

It's almost sweatshirt weather!  Woohoo! 

We even picked and dehydrated apples from trees in our yard!

We are getting used to our new setting and routines.  

I even found time to add a few new designs to my etsy shop

Are you ready for fall? 

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